Hand Therapy in St. Cloud
Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a common condition that causes pain and discomfort, numbness, tingling, or weakness of the hands. This often makes it difficult to perform ordinary tasks such as driving, writing, or even brushing your teeth. With a Carpal Tunnel Release at the Midsota Hand Center, we can restore comfortable use of your hands to get you back to doing the important things in life, pain-free.
Carpal Tunnel Release at First Glance
Carpal Tunnel Release
Ages: Most common at 40+
Surgery Time: 1 hour
Recovery Time: 2-3 months depending on affected hand
Is Carpal Tunnel Release for me?
CTS occurs when constant pressure from swelling is placed on the median nerve, which is responsible for movement and sensation in your thumb and fingers (aside from the pinky). This swelling can be the result of several factors, including arthritis, diabetes, pregnancy, and repeated hand movements such as typing. Those who suffer from CTS often have difficulties using their hands due to pain, tingling, numbness, or weakness in the hands (which can sometimes extend up to the elbow).
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can be treated by a hand surgery professional at our Midsota Hand Center. Our Midsota surgeons are specially trained in restoring use of the hands with a Carpal Tunnel Release.
What are the benefits of Carpal Tunnel Release surgery?
Treatment for CTS with one of our trained surgeons can often restore significant use of your hands and dramatically reduce the pain or discomfort you have been experiencing.
How is Carpal Tunnel Release surgery performed?
Your procedure will be performed by one of our experienced Midsota hand surgeons while you are under local anesthesia. The details will be covered at length during your pre-surgery consultation.
During your CTS surgery, an incision will be made at the bottom of the palm of your hand. Your surgeon will then carefully cut the underlying transverse carpal ligament to release any pressure on the median nerve. The created gap between the cut ligament will heal on its own over time.
How long does Carpal Tunnel Release surgery take?
Your CTS procedure should be fairly quick, and you are safe to return home under the care of a loved one that same day. Most CTS surgeries are completed in about one hour.
How long will it take to notice the improvements to my hand?
Once your CTS surgery is complete, your hand will need to be wrapped. In approximately two weeks, your stitches will be removed. Some patients notice an immediate improvement in the pain and numbness in their hands, but it may take several months for symptoms to fully fade. It is important to refrain from excessive use of your hands for the first three months following your CTS procedure.
If surgery was performed on your dominant hand, it may take some time before you are able to return to work. Returning to a job that involves typing may also require a two-month recuperation period. Physical therapy may help speed up your recovery time to get you back to work faster.
The majority of patients experience fewer or no symptoms of their Carpal Tunnel Syndrome after surgery. This treatment has proven extremely safe and effective for helping men and women return to doing the things they love by giving them back the use of their most important tools.
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Hand Reconstruction & Rehabilitation in St. Cloud
At our Midsota Hand Center, we understand how devastating a hand injury can be. Whether it is the loss of a finger using a table saw, cutting your thumb while filleting fish, or cutting your finger while doing dishes, an injury to the hand can make normal tasks extremely difficult and may leave you feeling helpless. Our Midsota surgeons understand how much pain or tingling in the elbow, wrist, hand or finger can interfere with your life. It is our job to provide you with the highest quality of service and expertise to help you go beyond pain and return to doing what matters most in your life.
Hand Surgery at First Glance
Reconstructive Hand Surgery
Ages: Varies depending on condition
Surgery Time: Varies
Recovery Time: Varies depending on affected hand
Is hand surgery for me?
There are several reasons why a person may consider reconstructive hand surgery. Our experienced team of Midsota hand surgeons and occupational therapists have the knowledge and skills to diagnose and treat a wide range of common hand problems.
You may be a good candidate for reconstructive hand surgery if you suffer from one or more of the following conditions:
- Broken bones or dislocations
- Tendons and nerve injuries
- Dupuytren’s Contracture
- Mallet injuries
- Arthritis (osteo or rheumatoid)
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Repetitive injuries (tennis elbow, deQuervain’s, etc.)
During your hand surgery consultation, we will carefully observe the condition of your hand to determine the best treatment plan for you. We are committed to providing you with what you need to fix your most valuable tools.
What are the benefits of hand reconstruction?
Men and women who undergo hand reconstruction at Midsota Plastic Surgeons often regain significant or full mobility of their hands, wrists, or elbows. These procedures can help you get back to doing the things you love without the pain or discomfort you experienced before. Reconstructive procedures may also be covered by insurance. At Midsota Hand Center, we design personalized treatment therapies that meet the specific needs of our patients and help them return to their daily activities as soon as possible.
How is hand surgery performed?
There are various reconstructive procedures that may be performed to correct your specific condition. Your Midsota plastic surgery will explain your surgery in detail during your consultation.
How long does hand surgery take?
The length of your hand surgery will depend on your specific situation and required surgeries.
How long is hand surgery recovery?
Depending on your procedure, it may take some time before you notice significant changes in the functionality of your hands. Surgery cannot always restore perfect use of your hands, but the improvements are often dramatic and welcomed by the patients.
How long will my hand surgery results last?
The results of your procedure are designed to provide you with long-lasting benefits. If you begin to feel any symptoms or pain return, please contact your Midsota hand specialist immediately.